Statement of Record

Morganatically Wed

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By Stu Watson

and who are we to stand
displaced in all our promise
as if the legends don’t continue
and we have not met regret?

collapsed like early hope inside
a doggerel conception of the truth
your astral mercenary
stalks me lately with more nearness

and I accept this wounded always
when hard against it all
we took it in together all
for none us barely for each other

but with each other still
could it have been more nurturing
if each tune had run differently
had he listened less to what he had to say?

arriving as we have at this
our moment
come back to that lost time
with me

I beg you
only there
in that unreachable space,
in knowing it, can we be free again

About the author

Stu Watson is a writer, artist, and teacher living in Brooklyn. He is a founder and editor of Prelude, a Pushcart Prize winning journal of poetry and criticism. His work has appeared or is forthcoming at Denver Quarterly, inter|rupture, Powder Keg, PANK, The Collapsar, Queen Mob's Teahouse, White Wall Review, and in the Brooklyn Poets Anthology. His manuscript 'Communicatingroups' was a finalist for the 2016 and 2017 National Poetry Series contests. A PhD candidate in English Literature at The Graduate Center, CUNY, he teaches at John Jay College of Criminal Justice.

Statement of Record